"I don't wanna love you, I can't handle the stress. I just wanna fuck you, and fuck the rest."
Despite the atmospheric, witchy trap that surrounds them, the opening lines of Sam Friedman's new single as Nerve Leak, "DR34M5," come through clear as a bell. They're not as blunt or insensitive as they seem at first, though. Friedman, based in New York by-way-of Richmond, VA, is unpacking the complex contradictions that arise between love and lust. In an email to The Fader, Friedman explains his own feelings after going through a difficult relationship, saying:
"love was no longer this intoxicating, affirming experience. It felt full of stress, fear, and manipulation. I wrote the lyrics as a way of admitting that I shouldn't give myself to someone else if I haven't yet taken the time to relearn who I am on my own."
Nerve Leak released the Disconnected EP last year, and "DR34M5" is his best work yet. Listen to the track above.